Properly understood, the minimum wage is a stimulus benefiting the entire economy.

The minimum wage puts a floor under poverty among the working poor. (It would surprise many people to learn that most poor people work.)

It enables entry-level employees, notably youth working their way through college and university and immigrants intent on self-sufficiency, to get a solid start as dynamic contributors to a more prosperous Canada.

And in times of anaemic GDP growth like these, increases in the minimum wage boost economic activity to the advantage of all.